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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's All Greek to Me

I feel like I'm applying for college all over again.  I've read over these letters carefully, double-checked that the addresses are correct, and made sure the envelopes are sealed properly.  I dropped them off in the mailbox at the Quinton Post Office this morning.  Hopefully they will make it.  Send your positive energy and prayers that my plea does not fall on deaf ears.

You see, in order to fund the AHMEN-SIFAT Initiative into 2015, we need to raise $22,000.  Now I'm working diligently to get this cost down significantly, but until then, we have to raise what we have to raise to keep it going.  Three communities now depend on us for quarterly supplemental leadership education.  We can't quit now!

To that end, I have invited the Offices of Greek Affairs and Greek Life at UA, AU, UAB, UNA, UAH, and Samford to organize an effort to have every one of their fraternity and sorority members donate $10/each toward ASI.

Won't you help me find additional organizations to invite to join our initiative?  Who do you know who could help?

To learn more about what we do in Honduras or to join a team, contact me here today.

Together, we are the difference.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Making of National Champions

Saludos a ustedes,

Back in 1998 when I travelled to Honduras for the first time as a bare-faced teenager I never would have imagined that I would spend the majority of my time planning and praying about transforming a nation as a bearded bloke almost sixteen years later.  Then again, "No sé nada, y Dios sabe todo." 

After a decade into this business I became disgruntled with the way mission teams venture to Honduras with a short-term focus.  I even considered leaving the field to escape what seemed insurmountable obstacles.  A few years back, however, God partnered AHMEN and SIFAT to empower short-term missionaries with a long-term missions focus.

Today, the AHMEN-SIFAT Initiative runs a series of 3-year community development, practical health training, and leadership workshops throughout Honduras offering local leaders the training they need to transform their communities.  It is the BEST shot AHMEN has in leaving a positive legacy with the Honduran families to which we pledge ourselves.

Why am I telling you this?  Well, first, I am asking you to begin making a monthly pledge to fund the AHMEN-SIFAT Initiative starting this month.  Pledges as little as $10/month will make a GIANT splash in the bucket.  And second, I am asking you to join a team to work with the community agents being trained in one of the three workshop areas of Cusuna, Jutiapa, and/or Yorito.

Click any of the links throughout this blog to read more about my philosophy surrounding ASI.  Contact me to inquire how you can join a team to work with ASI community agents, and begin sending your monthly donations in today.

Send your tax-deductible donations  made to “AHMEN” with “AHMEN-SIFAT” on the “For” line to:
         AHMEN/Sharon Bowie                                                       Visit honduranmissions.com to make
           516 Ridgeview Dr.                            or                                               your donation via PayPal
           Jasper Al 35504

Won't you work with me to help transform local Honduran leaders into the champions of their nation?  You can even send out this letter requesting your friends and family become monthly donors too!

Together, we are the difference.

Let's Fund the AHMEN-SIFAT Initiative Together!

Dear   (insert the name of your friend here),
                As you know, I work on projects in and lead outreach teams to Honduras.   Each day I pray that our work there becomes more beneficial to the friends we have made there.  I continually ask myself what sets AHMEN apart from other outreach groups.  Well, I have good news for you.  Now I know!
                AHMEN, the group I work with, has partnered with SIFAT (Servants In Faith And Technology) to train the future leaders of Honduras in skills such as the following:
  • Public Health
  • Social Justice
  • Active Discipleship
  • Sustainable Business
  • Appropriate Technology                              
Most importantly, however, AHMEN-SIFAT Initiative graduates gain the self-confidence to know they can resolve local health and economic issues and the capacity to implement their ideas.  Finally, these community agents become the “eyes and ears” more effectively inform our outreach.
                In almost two decades of mission work I have not more fully believed in any single project more than this one.  Together let’s work AHMEN out of a job in Honduras by investing in the future leadership of Honduras.  Join us in transforming a generation by making a monthly donation to ASI today!
Send your tax-deductible donations  made out to “AHMEN” with “AHMEN-SIFAT” on the “For” line to:
        AHMEN/Sharon Bowie                                                        Visit honduranmissions.com to make
516 Ridgeview Dr.                            or                                             your donation via PayPal
Jasper Al 35504
Visit my blog post “The Making of National Champions” to learn more about ASI!  Thank you in advance for your donation, and I look forward to working with you in 2014.
Vaya con Dios,
Michael Franklin
AHMEN-SIFAT Initiative
(334) 467-5777